In a post to ESPN New York, Adam Rubin writes, “Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.”
One scout in attendance believed Wheeler is a future ace and is ready for the Major Leagues now.
“He’s really good … and we’re not getting him,” another scout told Rubin.
According to Rubin, Wheeler was throwing his fastball between 96-98 mph, and also featured a curveball, change-up, and slider in yesterday’s game.
Michael Baron, ContributorWheeler was fun to watch and fun to follow this spring. As one of the other scouts told Rubin, Wheeler is so effortless out there, and that acts as an element of deception for him. His motion is so smooth and slow, but what comes out of his hand is absolutely electric, regardless of the pitch he throws.
If it wasn’t evident before, it should be clear now: Wheeler is very close. I’ve said it before: as good as Matt Harvey’s stuff is, Wheeler’s is that much better, and the thought of the two being paired together at the top of the rotation is so exciting to consider. Wheeler has become mechanically sound and has harnessed his secondary pitches to the point he probably needs only a small amount of innings at Triple-A before being promoted. What’s more, he clearly has grown mentally, can make mental and physical adjustments on the fly, and he knows how to limit damage when he struggles. The fan in me doesn’t want to be patient about Wheeler’s inevitable promotion – I want to see the product of my patience now.
Whether it’s in May or July, Wheeler’s promotion to the big leagues will be a banner day in this transitional phase for the Mets. It will represent another completed phase in the project, with the next phase being Harvey and Wheeler (and perhaps Travis d’Arnaud) embarking on building the brand together at the Major League level.